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Historically, local recessions have been times of ferment and change in Colorado Springs. During the 1970s, business and political leaders focused on economic development and created the Economic Development Council. One of the first such organizations in the United States, the EDC was amazingly successful in recruiting companies and creating primary jobs. The EDC’s success… Continue Reading Time for some serious Springs re-branding efforts

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Thanks to the Olympic Training Center and the presence of cycling’s national governing body, USA Cycling, the Springs has long hosted elite cyclists. But just as NASCAR drivers don’t buy their race cars from local auto dealers, elite riders rarely patronize local bike shops. “They’re actually more of a pain than anything else,” said Kay… Continue Reading Cycle shops not just for the elite

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Bucking the transportation trend

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As we’re reminded daily, times are tough in the automobile industry.

Sales are down, dealerships are closing, both Chrysler and General Motors are passing through government-mediated bankruptcies, and even mighty Toyota has suffered its first yearly loss.

But maybe auto dealers are just selling the wrong kind of vehicle. Continue Reading Bucking the transportation trend

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July 1 marks the 146th anniversary of one of the most significant battles in American history, one which dominated our national consciousness for many decades. Yet the anniversary will pass unmarked, and many remember the battle only for the speech that it inspired. The Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought July 1-3, 1863, marked the… Continue Reading As generations change, so does historical relevance

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Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera began lobbying the city to relax its policy on skybridges long before LandCo’s U.S. Olympic Committee development proposal, which includes a skybridge, was made known to City Council, according to Vice Mayor Larry Small. On Sept. 27, 2007, Rivera summoned the Board of the Downtown Development Authority to a meeting… Continue Reading Update: LandCo reps at meeting where mayor lobbied for skybridge

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We seem to be in the midst of one of our periodic funks — when we worry about our so-called leadership class. “Alas and alack!” we complain. “We have no leadership!! Where are the great, visionary leaders who will lift us from the slough of despond to the shining heights of optimism — and how… Continue Reading Our so-called city leaders aren’t even faking it that well

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Freedom names replacement CEO

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Freedom Communications has named Burl Osborne, former publisher of The Dallas Morning News and former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, as its new CEO. He will take over next month for Scott Flanders, who left the job to take the helm at Playboy Enterprises. Osborne has served on Freedom’s board as an independent… Continue Reading Freedom names replacement CEO

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Mayor Lionel Rivera apparently never told his fellow City Council members that he had a fiduciary relationship with LandCo Equity Partners CEO Ray Marshall. The relationship was revealed this morning during a hearing conducted by the city’s Independent Ethics Commission. John Cook, an attorney who has represented Marshall, told the commission that Rivera had been… Continue Reading Vice mayor: council never told about Rivera, Marshall link

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In an unanticipated development during Friday morning’s Independent Ethics Commission hearing, John Cook, a lawyer who has represented LandCo’s Ray Marshall in multiple lawsuits filed by Colorado Springs investor Jack W. Mason, confirmed that Mayor Lionel Rivera had been Marshall’s financial adviser at UBS from 2005 to early 2008. Cook came forward after attorney Lindsay… Continue Reading Lawyer confirms relationship between Rivera, Marshall

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Perry Sanders’ plans to convert the Mining Exchange Building and two adjacent properties into a luxury hotel would double the downtown hotel count – from one to two. But 82 years ago, a traveler seeking a hotel room would have had many more choices. According to the 1927 edition of Polk’s Colorado Springs Directory, downtown… Continue Reading Ghosts of travelers past

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